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post #1 of 11 Old 05-01-2016, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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best tires for mostly street some off road

I am planning on buying a new KLR 650 within the next 2 weeks. I will probably be using it mostly on the road so I want tires that will grip the road and hold up (wear) well. I will probably be going on a few nature trails on weekends. What is the best tire out there now for this type of use?
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-01-2016, 11:58 PM
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I'm guessing 90% of the answers will be the Shinko 705'5.

I like dirt but wear out knobbies too fast with my road miles so I put on the 705
in back. Kenda K 270 for a knobby/street tread up front. The reviews for 705
front tires wasn't as good as the rears. I ordered mine from BikeBandit.com and
they have customer reviews on all the tires they sell. RockyMountainATV.com does
too. Both have similar pricing and shipping. MotorcycleSuperstore.com too.

I love the 705 for the street. Sticks like glue, and good in the rain. It slips in grass
and mud but otherwise is fine off road too.

The K 270 seems to suck. Still getting it broken in but I have developed a wobble at
high speed and I'm nervous getting low in the curves. It's getting flipped around,
and replaced if it doesn't learn to behave predictably. It leads the way wonderfully
in the dirt though as it's a semi-knobby.

There's my reviews, and I think we have close to the same goals in a tire.

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post #3 of 11 Old 05-02-2016, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for the input. What do you think of the stock tires that the bike comes with?

Also, I am thinking of some crash bars and a low seat (I am 5' 8"). Who makes the lowest and best seat?
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i'm in the same boat about the tires...found this to be helpful

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dunno about the seat.
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Many 40/60 and 50/50 dual sport tires do very well on the pavement. I was just up in NC and took a few passes on the Dragon at Deals Gap on my Continental TKC80s (40/60s) and was amazed how well they were holding in those conditions.

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I used Mefo Explorers on my trip to Alaska. They do very well on the road, dry or wet. They don't handle deep, slick mud like a knobby, but otherwise do well off the road as well.

They are a bit more pricey than some of the other options, but they also get great mileage. I got over 9500 miles out of my last set.
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Thanks for the great info. I will start another thread regarding the seat as that is also a big concern of mine. This will be my 3rd bike but there is a big time gap. I owned my last bike when I was 23. I'm now 56 and have not ridden since then. Being short, 5' 8", I can barely touch the ground on the KLR 650. I don't feel confident to ride the bike until I get a low seat.
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I am planning on buying a new KLR 650 within the next 2 weeks. I will probably be using it mostly on the road so I want tires that will grip the road and hold up (wear) well. I will probably be going on a few nature trails on weekends. What is the best tire out there now for this type of use?
i like shinko 705... they gripp well and they are not too loud on pavement
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I'm guessing 90% of the answers will be the Shinko 705'5.

I like dirt but wear out knobbies too fast with my road miles so I put on the 705
in back. Kenda K 270 for a knobby/street tread up front. The reviews for 705
front tires wasn't as good as the rears. I ordered mine from BikeBandit.com and
they have customer reviews on all the tires they sell. RockyMountainATV.com does
too. Both have similar pricing and shipping. MotorcycleSuperstore.com too.

I love the 705 for the street. Sticks like glue, and good in the rain. It slips in grass
and mud but otherwise is fine off road too.

The K 270 seems to suck. Still getting it broken in but I have developed a wobble at
high speed and I'm nervous getting low in the curves. It's getting flipped around,
and replaced if it doesn't learn to behave predictably. It leads the way wonderfully
in the dirt though as it's a semi-knobby.

There's my reviews, and I think we have close to the same goals in a tire.

I agree with the shinkos
good affordable tires.
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As for a guy who just put under 8,000 miles on Mefo Explorers I would say they are great 50/50 tires. I never had deep, wet muddy conditions, but for the central states, (KS,MO,NE, IA) these tires took me every where. A little noisy, but great year round tires and held well on wet roads too.

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